Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 10:39 pm


Date Joined: September 13, 2016
Last Online: November 16, 2017

Country: Germany
My Goodreads


If you read only the bold printed text it kind of summarises the profile. You find all information you may need for a swap within/shortly after the bold printed text. You don't need to read the rest :) However, if you're - like me - interested in the details, the not bold printed part gives you more detailed information about everything.

Hello everyone! :)

Address: Please check if you wrote it correctly, if it is without the word post in it, it's correct!

My name is Ina, I'm from Germany and I got to know this website via postcrossing. As I love sending and receiving snail mail, this seems to be an interesting website, so I created an account :)

I'm a university student and in my free time I like to read, send postcards via postcrossing, cook, eat, sew, visit museum/zoos/... with friends and more. I might not have time for many swaps, but I'll join some from time to time.

If you think something I sent, got lost in the mail, please message me, then I can resend it soon :)

I click "sent" here on swap-bot when I have put everything in the mailbox/brought it to the post office/clicked "send" in an email.

Thank you to you all, I love swapping here!

What I like

A ~ Animals, ASP (music band), Astronomy, Audio/Radio plays

B ~ Books, Ballet, Brazilian food (especially Brigadeiro, a Brazilian chocolate candy), Bonobos

C ~ Chinese food, Chocolate, Chimpanzees, Clean Space (project by ESA against space debris)

D ~ Dogs, Doctor Who, DLR(=German Aerospace Center), Details

E ~ Eating, Eschbach (German author), Europa (Moon of Jupiter), ESA(=European Space Agency)

F ~ Flying, Fairy Tales, Food

G ~ Gorillas, Getting to know other cultures, Guinea pigs

H ~ Harry Potter Books

I ~ Ice and snow, Insects (just watching them, especially bees, ants, wasps, colourful ones)

J ~ Jokes, Jupiter (planet)

K ~ Kookaburra, Kaninchen (German for rabbit)

L ~ Languages, Letters, everything that Lives (or almost does like a virus)

M ~ Mars (planet), Mercury (planet), Microbiology, Maths

N ~ Neptun (Planet), NASA

O ~ Ocean, Orangutan

P ~ Planets (and their interesting moons), Postcards, Pigs, Physics, Plants

Q ~ Quokkas

R ~ Reading, Ravens (and corvids)

S ~ Sea, Sewing, Saturn (planet), Sherlock Holmes, Space agencies, Sunny weather, Sims 4

T ~ Tea (mostly green, fruit and interestingly/unusually flavoured tea, but I like anything :)), Titan (Moon of Saturn)

U ~ Uranus (planet)

V ~ Venus (planet), Vampires

W ~ Writing

X ~ Xylitol

Y ~ Yoga

Z ~ Zootopia

There is hardly anything I dislike maybe except for cruelty/intolerance/discrimination/hatred/violence, peas and spiders (because of arachnophobia, I still find they are interesting creatures and like reading about them :) and unusual spiders as postcards are ok)

Favorite Books

Too many to make a complete list with the book titles, as I'm a bookworm (bookworm in German is B├╝cherwurm, so that's why I have that username ;) ).

Kind of books that I like:

~ non-fiction books about social, science, nature, animal, history topics

~ science fiction books! Especially those that don't invent too much futuristic technology, but more realistic ones

~ crime fiction (if not too violent and with interesting/unusual plots)

~ historical, rather realistic, novels

~ interesting plots/unusual stories/interesting biographies

~ fairy tales from all over the world and fantasy books

I, however, also read other books when they interest me :) (=when they happen to lie around somewhere long enough for me to grab it and start reading the first sentences of it...) The more details and pages the book has, the better. Actually the only books I ever read that I found "satisfyingly detailed" are the Game of Thrones books, however with such many details I would prefer the series to be longer and I anyway stopped reading after the second book as I didn't like the violence/cruelty there. But there are many books with an acceptable amount of details for me fortunately :D

Some of my all time favourite novels:

  • "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  • "The Physicists" and "The Visit" by Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt
  • "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
  • "The Martian" by Andy Weir
  • "Every Day" by David Levithan
  • "The Physician" by Noah Gordon
  • "Der Schwarm" (The Swarm) by Frank Sch├Ątzing
  • Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • all books by Andreas Eschbach (science fiction novels, near future, rather realistic)
  • many books by Agatha Christie
  • many books by Jodi Picoult
  • many books by Sebastian Fitzek
  • some books by Robin Cook
  • some books by Michael Crichton
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud
  • Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

I created a goodreads account now, so there you can find which books I read/liked :) However, I haven't added most crime fiction books, they always seem to be kind of similar to me, so I find it hard to remember which I have read and which I haven't :D I have for example read several books by Lee Child, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Joy Fielding, Mary Higgins-Clark, Mo Hayder, John Grisham, James Patterson, Simon Beckett, John Katzenbach,... and while I usually I find all of them entertaining/nice, usually not good enough to memorize them well. But as I anyway only get them from the library, it doesn't matter if I pick one I already read.

I always love book recommendations or your opinion about a book you read! :) I absolutely don't mind spoilers for long enough books, the opposite :D Spoilers usually increase my interest in a book (except for very short stories under 100 pages and some crime novels, for example Sebastian Fitzek's books). Sometimes I read the wikipedia plot summary of a book before reading it, to not be disturbed by the suspense and the general plot, so that I can enjoy all the details.

Favorite Music

I like quite different music, but especially Irish music, middle age music, rock music, metal (especially symphonic and similar), classic music.

(I am open to any genre, these are just the genres where I like songs from most probable. It's unprobable that I like songs that are usually played in the radio, but there are exceptions.)

Bands I like:

  • ASP
  • die ├ärzte
  • Los Hermanos
  • Biquini Cavad├úo
  • Nightwish
  • Blind Guardian
  • Saltatio Mortis
  • Corvus Corax
  • Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
  • Subway to Sally


However, in general I often prefer listening to radio dramas than to music :)

FavoriteMovies/TV series

I don't watch movies/tv series very often, I prefer reading, but I like comedies, science fiction, some dramas, historical movies, documentaries, ...

To give an impression which movies/series I like here are some examples: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them (a pity it isn't a real 1000 pages book. If it makes such a great movie, it would be an even better book), The Martian, Crash, Eureka, Sherlock, Dr. Who, Fringe, Vampire Diaries, Wuthering Heights (1992), Czech fairy tale movies, Der Tatortreiniger, About a Boy, Orphan, Coraline, Cidade de Deus, Am├ęlie... and I have recently started to watch Star Trek, so far I like it.

Favorite Crafts

I love to write and send postcards and decorate them :) I like washi tape, stickers and choosing nice stamps.

I also especially like to sew. I always liked it, but I just started to sew more since I got a sewing machine recently. I like to crochet, but I just started doing that.And I sometimes like to draw, but I have to be in the right mood for that.

Postcard Preferences

I write this section, as I suppose I'll mostly do postcard/letter swaps :)

I always like to receive postcards, even those that don't look so nice to me, because I just love mail with notes on it.

For me the most important part of a postcard is the text: I like anything that's more than just "Greetings from..." or more than one sentence. I love lots of text! :)

Don't worry too much about the picture on the front side of the postcard, really anything is quite ok to me, but if you have a variety of postcards to choose from anyway/easy access to postcard shops, here are the types of postcards I especially like:

  • animals, rather wild (maybe from where you live?) than pets, but I like cute pet postcards too (most dogs and guinea pigs :) ), especially the animals mentioned above in the ABC

  • tourist postcards, especially if you can tell a personal story (for example that you liked visiting this museum, because ...or you tell where your city on a map of the region is, ...), as I would love to read experiences in other cities, that's almost like travelling :)

  • nature/plant postcards with nature from your region/country/holiday country

  • old postcards: anything older than some years, maybe 20 or 30 years or even older? A postcard you found somewhere and that was forgotten for years or from an old collection. Really any front side/kind is fine, nature, animals, ad cards, political campaign cards, ...

  • black & white postcards, especially old city views, old everyday photos of normal people, but just pretty ones and those with just one object coloured are nice, too

  • space postcards: especially with planets or moons, science fiction or real ones

  • interesting ad cards: local, regional ad cards, maybe from libraries, museums, restaurants (if it's a chain, please not from a big one!), local (grocery?) stores, local projects, local political campaigns (please comment neutral in that case, just descriptively on the backside :) ), but please rather NOT ad cards from international companies/for international products!

  • postcards from local artists/with local art

  • funny/unusual/unique/handmade postcards

  • beautiful postcards :) Interestingly people on postcrossing who request just "beautiful postcards" actually get mostly "beautiful postcards" in my opinion, so a "beautiful postcard", seems to mean a very similar kind of postcard to most people :D

  • colourful postcards with bright colours

  • Peanuts, my boyfriend likes them :)

  • just any postcard you want to sent: I'm sure you don't really buy/make postcards that you think are ugly, so it's not super probable that I would dislike them. Surprise me :)

I like all Christmas cards around Christmas time, send what you like :) (if you by chance have a snowman card though, I'd love to receive it, but I'm looking forward to any card you choose!) I would love to get to know your Christmas traditions :)


I'm just not super fond of receiving quote postcards (on the front side, quotes on the back side are ok), of course that depends on the postcard, some I like, others not, but I rather don't like the majority of them so much. So, if you have another card you think I could like, just please rather send that one and save the quote postcard for another swapper :) Except for that, everything is welcome :)

I prefer postcards without an envelope, but if you think an envelope would be better to protect it (especially for handmade/unusual postcards that might get severely damaged in the mail)/pay lower postage (if it's an unusual shape)/want to write more on the backside/the swap requires it/..., you can also send it with an envelope, that's totally ok, too :)

Stamps: I don't really collect them, I just like that I can also decorate the space where the stamps are, by choosing nicer than the standard ones ;D For me stamps are just an extra sticker on the postcard. If you're from the USA: I would really love the Mars, Earth, Mercury and Venus stamps :) (or any space related stamp, I also like the global forever ones showing the earth and the moon)

My address: It's written correctly here on Swap-Bot and there does not appear the word post in it.

Text suggestions

If you don't know what to write, don't worry, I love to read really anything, no matter how random.

You could for example write about

  • what is most important to you
  • what you would choose if you had three wishes (except for more wishes :D)
  • what you see when you look out of your window
  • what you have eaten today
  • what you've planned for today
  • introduce you
  • which term you'd use to/how would you describe your ethical values
  • what Christmas/other holidays family traditions you have
  • if you have a religious belief (if it's not too personal I'd love to know, if yes why, if no why not :))
  • what you hope humanity will be like in 500 years (and how you think it could be made possible)
  • what are your favourite dishes
  • what you always wanted as a child and maybe if you still want it
  • what your profession is and if you like it
  • if you would go to a one-way-mission to Mars and under which circumstances you would change your opinion
  • where/how you found this postcard
  • something about your family's history (where they where 100 years ago or anything you want to share)

I love to read really anything :)

I always love to get to know reasons, like for example why it is your favourite dish :) And I rather like details than general information. You might have noticed, I love hypothetical answers to hypothetical questions, feel free to be creative when inventing a question :D

I also love to get to know different recipes with all ingredients except peas (or not so many peas at least :D). Especially family recipes, typical recipes from your region and vegetarian/vegan main dish recipes would be great :)

Feel free to write to me in English, German or Portuguese and maybe Spanish (you can try Spanish, I'd love that, but I can't promise to understand it completely :D). Or in any other language you know (but in that case with a translation please :)). I love to read different languages :)


VASaint rated for B&W PCs week 45 on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice card! Love the UNESCO stamp too!
Poohtat rated for Insect PC INTL Swap on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Wow awesome postcard! Thanks.
CindyST rated for Send my postcard back - Week 5 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the awesome postcards you sent me. I will get yours in the mail for you tomorrow :)
armadillogal rated for B&W PCs week 44 on Nov 4, 2017
Comment: Great card and stamps!
Response: I'm happy you liked it :) Thank you for your rating!
USAFwife rated for Private Short Story Swap on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: It's a great picture! Can't wait to get started. :)
Response: Thank you for your rating! I'm curious what for a story you'll write :)
MelbourneGirl rated for Send my postcard back - Week 4 on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: Hello Ina - we received your cute dr who adipose postcard and will be sending it home today. It was so lovely to read your lovely note. Thank-you. <3
Response: Thank you for your rating! And also thank you very much for sending the postcard back with such pretty stamps and a quote from the doctor! Received it today and loved it :) Best wishes!
Comment: Great beginning! I hope I'll do justice to your story in the next round
Response: Thank you for your rating! :) I'm really looking forward to see how you'll continue the story! :)
Comment: WOw! What a great postcard- Thanks so much. I love how your story matched the card. Happy Halloween!
Response: I'm happy you liked the postcard :) I really loved sending the card for the swap, thanks for hosting it, it's a great swap idea! Happy Halloween and thank you for your rating!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Spotify playlist, Ina! I listened to your shuffled songs that way, playing the videos for the ones that weren't on it. :-) Those Game of Thrones songs are beautiful! I might have to see if I can check the soundtracks out from my library. :-) Thank you for sharing!
Response: I'm happy you found some new music to like! :) I don't often like more than one song from the same album, but this Game of Thrones album had several that I really loved. Good luck with finding the soundtracks at your library! Thank you for your rating! :)
ariestess rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Definitely some stuff to check out in Spotify.
Response: Thank you for your rating! :)
PineappleTarts rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thank You!
Response: Thank you for your rating! :)
MarieS rated for Postcard Swap - Dogs on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for your card!
Response: Thank you for your rating! :)
ambwilcox rated for Science Fiction PC Swap #15 on Sep 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the card! I have never seen an episode of Dr. Who, although in high school I was required to dress like one for thespian initiation. A long, brown trench and long multicolored scarf. I remember it was soooooo hot that day! And whenever anyone asked me why I was dressed like that, I had to say, "I'm Dr. Who, traveler of space and time. Would you like a tic-tac?" Pro-tip: theater people are pretty odd!
Response: I have discovered Dr Who just some years ago, and have watched lots of episodes since. Thanks for sharing this unusual story :) Yes, sounds like an unusual way of getting to know Dr Who :D Have a great day and thank you for your rating!
LegacyHardware rated for B&W PCs week 33 on Sep 3, 2017
Comment: Hi Ina, love your card of a Garden house in an allotment garden. The story of the back ground you wrote, really gives context, and makes the photo so much more meaningful. We can imagine we are really there, back in 1962. Thanks!
Response: I'm happy that you love this postcard :) I always like it when a card has some context and it's great to know that you found it interesting. Thank you for your rating :)
EllieBeth8 rated for Postcard Swap - Dogs on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and the birthday wishes!! :) Have a nice day! Shelley
Response: I'm happy you liked it :) Have a nice day and thank you for your rating!
AnneliesV rated for City / Town / Village with M R2 on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Vielen dank
Response: Thank you for your rating :)
Comment: Yaaaay!!!! I'm soooo happy!!!! Thank you sooooo very much!! I literally cannot thank you enough ^_^ Everything is quite lovely!! I adore the stickers, and that cherry blossom washi tape is my favorite thing ever right now!! I'm super excited to try all these candy goodies! A million hearts your way, this package made my day, and made my week!!! I certainly hope you'll love your package just as much!! <3
Response: I'm happy that you liked the package so much! ^_^ I hope you have fun using the stickers and washi! Let me know how you like the candies! :) I certainly loved the package you sent at least (!) as much :D Thank you for your rating and your lovely package as well :)
Sissi rated for Multi Multiview PC Swap #15 on May 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for your wonderful card from Muenster and your long and nice message. Vielen lieben Dank!!
Response: I'm happy you liked it :) Dankesch├Ân f├╝r dein Rating!
Comment: LOVE this postcard!!! Love the Deutsche word for mushroom!!! Fun-guy!!! (Bad American English pronunciation!!!). Thanks for a lovely swap.
Response: I'm happy that you like the postcard so much! :) Pizzas with mushrooms are often called pizza funghi here, because the many Italian restaurants here call it like this. For other dishes mushrooms are called "Pilze" (spoken: ""pill-ts-a", a like the indefinite article) :) Thank you for your rating, I loved doing the swap :)
ToujoursMoi rated for B&W PCs week 20 on May 17, 2017
Comment: Vielen Dank f├╝r die tolle Karte mit Charlie Chaplin und tats├Ąchlich fast der gleiche St├Ądtename. Allerdings machen die kleinen Punkte einen wahnsinnig gro├čen kulturellen Unterschied aus. Um den Verlag von Felix, dem Hasen und dessen Werksverkauf beneide ich Dich sehr. Liebste Gr├╝├če aus der Heide und Danke f├╝r den tollen Swap
Response: Freut mich, dass sie dir gefallen hat! Die Geschichten mit Felix (besonders wegen der Briefe im Buch) fand ich als Kind immer interessant, vielleicht hat das auch geholfen, dass ich jetzt auch Postkarten und Briefe schreiben interessant finde :) Hoffentlich kannst du heute auch das sch├Âne Wetter genie├čen. Danke f├╝r dein Rating! :)

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kathiann on Nov 7, 2017:

I got my postcard back today! Thank you for sending it!

athousandyears on Aug 5, 2017:


We hope everything is going well and that you're fine.


Andrea and Serena

Knitsicle on Mar 18, 2017:

Hiya! I got your awesome card today! Thank you so much, I do like the Children's art stamp. :)

WayUpInAlaska on Jan 23, 2017:

Hi Ina! :) wanted to thank you for the awesome hedgehog postcard :) what cute little guys :)

HannahEnilk on Jan 12, 2017:

Hi Ina! Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending me this postcard! I appreciate your detailed explanation of this unusual (to me) German phrase. And I confess I have never spent so much time thinking about sausages, haha! I hope our swapping paths cross again soon! Happy 2017!

Knitsicle on Dec 12, 2016:

Glad you got your first card! I'm sending the second today :)

chaari on Sep 25, 2016:

Herzlich Willkommen in der electronic swaps group! Hoffentlich gefallen dir die swaps ^^ Yay! german power :D

EmilyT on Sep 16, 2016:

Hi, do you ever go down to Koln for the Amphi Festival? Corvus Corax has played there before. They are unique! Not quite my thibg, my husband might have watched their whole ser. We've been going for 8 or 9 years now as a side trip from visiting my in-laws and husband's friends in Belgium. We already bought our Festival tickets for next year and they've arrived; even though we have yet to buy our airplane tickets. But that gives a long time to search for a sale!

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